Maurice Lambert

Head of a Woman

exhibited 1938

Maurice Lambert 1901–1964
Object: 349 × 194 × 251 mm
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1938

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This bronze portrait of the English lutenist, Diana Poulton (1903-1995), was completed in 1936. Lambert’s delicate modelling of Poulton’s features combined with the lucid transitions between lines and curved mass emphasise the sensuality of his sitter’s character. He cast this piece before considering it finished which brought about a sense of experiment and vitality. These attributes are associated with modern sculpture and move this work away from realism towards a looser expression of form in portrait sculpture. Lambert cast only one bronze of this piece and retained the plaster original for himself.

Gallery label, September 2016

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Catalogue entry

N04967 HEAD OF A WOMAN 1938
Not inscribed.
Bronze, 13 3/4×7 5/8×9 7/8 (35×19·5×25).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1938.
Exh: R.A., 1938 (1501).

A portrait of Diana Poulton, the lute player. Although cast when in one sense ‘unfinished’ the artist considers this to be one of his most successful works (letter of 8 September 1958). This is the only cast.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I


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